Rivers PDP crisis: Speaker's, CoS's security detail withdrawn

By The Citizen

The Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Dan-Amachree, has alleged that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Mbu Joseph Mbu, has 'unceremoniously' withdrawn his police orderly and escort.

The withdrawal came barely 48 hours after Dan-Amachree raised the alarm that Mbu was planning to withdraw his security detail.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, the speaker recalled that sequel to his letter informing President Goodluck Jonathan about plans by some persons to unleash mayhem in the state, Mbu withdrew the security detail.

Dan-Amachree also recalled that in his letter to the President, he expressed fears 'about plans to withdraw security operatives from the Governor and top officials of the Rivers State Government, including me, making us vulnerable to attack by hoodlums'.

He said his fears had been worsened by the murder of Mr Eric Ezenekwe, an aide to Chief Godspower Ake, the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at his Erema, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area home town.The speaker reiterated his earlier call that Mbu be redeployed from the state.

Similarly, the security details of the Chief of Staff (COS) to the Governor, Chief Tony Okocha, were yesterday withdrawn - on the allegation that they harassed officials of the Port Harcourt Club where the Chief Felix Obuah -led PDP state executive was to hold a thanksgiving service on Saturday.

According to a Government House source, the security detail to the CoS were withdrawn despite his repeated denial that they were not involved in any fracas with any official of the Port Harcourt Club.

Police spokesman Angela Agabe said she was yet to confirm the withdrawal of the security detail attached to the Speaker and the COS.